Friday, May 27, 2011

Slow Loris

Found in South and Southeast Asia, Slow Lorises are strepsirrhine primates. As per the available facts and information from IUCN (International Union of Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources), this species is classified as vulnerable or endangered species.  It is estimated that the Slow Loris suffered a 30% decline in population during the past 24 years.

Scientific Name of Slow Loris

Nycticebus coucang

Features and Facts of Slow Loris

  • Diet: Insects, bird's eggs, small birds, shoots, fruit

  • Size: body:26 - 38 cm (10 1/4 - 15 in), tail: vestigial

  • Conservation Status: threatened

  • Habitat: dense rainforest

  • Range: South and Southeast Asia: Eastern India to Malaysia; Sumatra, Java, Borneo, Philippines

Conservation of Slow Loris

Habitat loss as well as harvesting for the pet trade is the major threat for Slow Loris. As per the information of wildlife conservation, the habitat of this species is rapidly disappearing and it is in deep crisis. There are various local laws prohibiting the trade of Slow Loris and it is also getting protection from international commercial trade.

Endangered species in India

Critically Endangered - Ganges Shark | Pygmy Hog | Himalayan Wolf | Indian Vulture

Endangered - Asiatic Black Bear | Snow Leopard | Wild Cat | Sei Whale | Banteng | Asian Arowana | Red Panda | Loggerhead Sea Turtle | Asiatic Lion | Royal Bengal Tiger | Markhor | Fin Whale | Olive Ridley Turtle | Lion Tailed Macaque | Chiru | Indus River Dolphin

Vulnerable - Takin | Brown Bear | Humpback Whale | Slow Loris | Clouded Leopard | Tiger | Gaur | Goral | Mouflon | Fishing Cat | Sloth Bear | Blackbuck | Asiatic Golden Cat | Wild Yak | Barasingha | Wild Goat | Indian Wolf | Dhole | Dugong | Indian Fox | Sperm Whale | Ganges River Dolphin | Lesser Panda | Golden Jackal | Marbled Cat

Threatened - Indian Wild Ass | Leopard | Red Fox | Kashmiri Stag

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